Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Safe Breasts With Breast Self Exam

Most lumps in the breasts are not a cancer. In fact, nine out of 10 lumps that women may feel in their breasts or around are benign. They are due to fibrocystic changes in the breast tissue corresponding to hormonal changes over the menstrual cycle. Cancerous lumps can develop in ducts that carry the milk to the nipple or in the lobules that make it or in other parts of the breast tissue. Most of the times, it starts in the milk channels and spreads into the breast tissue.

Breast cancer is the most pervasive type of cancer around the world. Because of its non-visible symptoms in its early stage, it's sometimes known as a silent killer. Early detection of this disease is a key to its successful treatment and enhances your chances of immortality. So, it's strongly recommended that every woman should be aware of her own breasts before it catches the fatal malady. The most prescribed and easy way to make these lumps less frightening for you is to carry out your monthly breast self exam (BSE) in order to know what your breasts normally look and feel like. Once you get familiar with your breasts, once you start knowing the normal look and feel of your breasts, you will start feeling confident of your observations and any unusual change during your BSE may alarm you of the disease.

Many women are frightened, uncertain or just uncomfortable in performing BSE, they are aware of the benefits, though. Beth Mairs writes in 'A Handbook for Women with Disabilities' that about 70% women do not perform BSE regularly. Although the author counts the reasons of not performing BSE among women with disabilities, the following are common among their normal and healthy counterparts:

    * you may think that it will never happen to you.
    * you may feel uncomfortable touching your breasts or having someone else touch your breasts.
    * Your mammogram was negative so you feel safe.
    * you may feel that it is out of control.
    * you may be avoiding something which would be dangerous.
    * you may not even want to know if a tumor is growing inside you.

Think and re-think about your own worry and see if you are one among those who make such lame excuses! After making this great decision, see how BSE makes you aware of the structure, shape and growth of your breasts. If it any moment you come to find a dark spot, shadow or any other change, contact your health care professional immediately for further tests. Most of the times, it will not be a cancerous lump but it's good to be on the safe side.

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